Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not very eager to take on new staff. Charlotte finds her job maddeningly hard as the patients torment and harass her at every turn, and she soon learns why Dr. Masters is so eager to keep outsiders out.
February 17, 2014 Subject:
Just a note
This is the unedited version, contains nudity
September 24, 2010 Subject:
isn't too bad
This movie isn't too bad. It isn't scary by today's standards, but the acting isn't too bad.
August 2, 2010 Subject:
Ok this is a low budget gore film with a no-name cast. "Asylum" films seemed to be a popular theme for late night horror at that time, and you could say that this has a certain period charm. This story actually starts off quite well by introducing the viewer to some pretty weird inmates, then the "accident" leading to the death of the chief doctor, and the arrival of the idealistic blonde girl who eventually persuades the woman in charge to take her on the staff, only to find that her room is on the same floor as the inmates, and none of the doors has locks... The ending isn´t so good with too much screaming and running around, though the actual killings are suitably messy. Watch this on a night that you have nothing else to do.
July 17, 2010 Subject:
It's hard to categorize this film. It's so bad it's almost good.The scariest person in the film is that chick with the "baby". 2nd scariest is that guy with the frizzy hair. And that withdrawn chick with the long black hair is a runner up.
September 29, 2009 Subject:
An old favorite
Sure it's slow seventies horror with bad sound and production values. But it is quite a good, creepy story with some plot points that are expected and others that won't fail to suprise.
September 1, 2009 Subject:
"Look honey I'm just the telephone man"
This is one scary film for the time period it was made in.
Reviewer:Luke Th. Bullock
June 26, 2009 Subject:
I don't really know why I watched it, or even continued to watch it.. is is a very disturbing movie. But it had its moments, and the plot was not entirely stupid. What I found most amazing about this movie was the simplicity of the surrounding, the minimalism, the almost empty rooms, the empty hallways, and even the "desolate" meadows outside. It was really a place of emptiness, and as such does justice to the film.
On the downside, the "insanity" of most of the patients was not convincing, and was way too "acted", even though both the "doctor" and "Sam" did a great and almost convincing job. Shame really, I think this could have been a better movie with some better acting, and better camera angles.
September 21, 2008 Subject:
Things are certainly not as they appear.
From the cover of Playboy magazine to the bowels of hell as Nurse Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik) takes a job in a private insane asylum in backwater Texas.
The doctor in charge had some strange ideas. He thought that he could help patients take out their aggression on a log with an ax. Too bad he turned his back.
This film is more commonly known as Don't Look in the Basement, and was one of the video nasties banned in Britain, but released uncut in 2005.
The gore in the film is tame by today's standards. Bill McGhee, as Sam, the lobotomized patient who just wants someone to float his boat, does an incredibly good job.